May 7, 2020
U.S. Mission Pakistan
For Immediate Release
Contact: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (051-201-5427, 051-201-4723)
U.S. GOVERNMENT EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Islamabad, May 7, 2020 – In a video message released today on U.S. Mission Pakistan’s social media platforms, Ambassador Paul Jones discussed how the United States is expanding its partnership with Pakistan to alleviate poverty in the country. “I’d like to highlight how together we are protecting those most vulnerable to the economic fallout from coronavirus,” said U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones.
The Ambassador announced a new American contribution of $5 million to support Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program and a $2.5 million therapeutic food program for children diagnosed with acute malnutrition. Since designating Pakistan a priority country for coronavirus assistance, the United States has committed nearly $15 million in new funding to Pakistan. All of these contributions were identified as top priority needs by Pakistani authorities, and they are fully funded by the American people.
In the message, the Ambassador also expressed his appreciation of the many Pakistani expressions of sympathy and support for Americans and said that Americans send with equal sincerity their sympathy and support for Pakistanis who have suffered from coronavirus.
Ambassador Jones’ complete message with both English and Urdu subtitles, shorter clips for media, and photos, are available to download here.